Editorial staff and contributors at Private-investigator-detective are physicians and other professionals who are alarmed at the manner in which unscientific and pseudoscientific health care ideas have increasingly infiltrated academic medicine and medicine at large. Our goal is to examine these claims in the light of science and skepticism. We believe that the best medicine is based on scientific principles — considering plausibility, for instance, and not just evidence. See About Private-investigator-detective.
SBM is a completely independent endeavor. We receive no industry funding and have no financial conflicts of interest. Our only goal is to promote high standards of science in medicine.
The core group of SBM contributors, each of whom either posts at least once every two weeks. Several of the regular contributors are also on the editorial staff.
- Steven Novella, MD — Founder and Executive Editor
- David H. Gorski, MD, PhD — Managing Editor
- Harriet Hall, MD — Editor
- Scott Gavura, BScPhm, MBA, RPh
- Jann Bellamy, JD
- Clay Jones, MD
In addition to our editors and regular bloggers, we have many other contributors who post here less regularly, and provide invaluable additional comments, feedback, and specialized knowledge from their fields, or help out in specific ways.
- Brennen McKenzie, MA, VMD
- John M. Snyder, MD
- James Coyne, PhD
- Ben Kavoussi, MS, MSOM, LAc
- Linda Rosa, RN
- Lorne Trottier, CM
- David Weinberg, MD
- Steve Hendry, BSc DDS FAGD
- Sam Homola, DC
- Igor Bussel, BS, MS
- Jim Dougherty, MD, MPH, Brig Gen USAF (ret)
- Olle Kjellin, MD, PhD
- Andrey Pavlov, MD student
- Grant Ritchey, DDS
Honor Roll of past contributors
The special guest contributors or past contributors haven’t made an appearance in over a year.
- David W. Ramey, DVM
- David J. Kroll, PhD
- Timothy Kreider
- Peter Lipson, MD
- Val Jones, MD
- Martin Lessem, JD
- Eugenie Mielczarek, BS, MS, PhD
- Kimball C. Atwood IV, MD — Emeritus Editor
- Mark A. Crislip, MD — Emeritus Editor
Other kinds of contributors
The assistance of several dedicated volunteers has been vital to the success and growth of SBM over the last few years:
Paul Ingraham, Assistant Editor, helped manage the site from 2010 to 2016, assisting contributors with editing, layout, and the “mechanics” of blogging, many other administrative and technical chores. He is a Vancouver science journalist focused on science-based physical therapy for common problems like muscle pain and repetitive strain injuries. Paul retired in 2016, but still helps out when tapped for his invaluable advice.
Bobby Hannum, a New York medical student, is our social media manager. Our busy Twitter account and Facebook page are entirely his doing: he reads nearly everything we publish, and posts about it, and has been doing so with amazing consistency since early 2013. As if that and medical school weren’t enough, he’s also available for odd jobs at the drop of a hat.
Finally, we have a dedicated and diligent proof-reader who wishes to remain anonymous. However, he’ll appreciate the nod here: our heartfelt thanks for all the edits, Anonymous Editor!